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Bisexuality as a Category in Social Research: Lessons from Women’s Gendered Narratives

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Bisexual and lesbian women are often combined in social scientific studies, resulting in potential loss or distortion of knowledge. After a brief survey of theoretical debates for treating or dismissing bisexuality as a separate research category, I analyze the gendered narratives of a small group of heterosexual, bisexual, and lesbian women. Using chi square analyses of variables of women’s gendered practices, identification, and consciousness, I examine which of two binary sexual classification schemes best provide the “differences that matter” in understanding women’s life-history narratives: “straight/gay” and “bisexual/monosexual.” Acknowledging the potential for reification using either schema, I conclude that the “bi/mono” binary and its concomitant ternary conceptualization of the sexual may be useful tools for social scientific analyses of gender and sexuality.

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sexuality, bisexual, lesbian, gender, chi square, classification, narrative, reification
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Carr, C. Lynn. "Bisexuality as a Category in Social Research: Lessons from Women’s Gendered Narratives" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 <Not Available>. 2017-10-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p20489_index.html>

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Carr, C. , 2005-08-12 "Bisexuality as a Category in Social Research: Lessons from Women’s Gendered Narratives" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Online <PDF>. 2017-10-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p20489_index.html

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Abstract: Bisexual and lesbian women are often combined in social scientific studies, resulting in potential loss or distortion of knowledge. After a brief survey of theoretical debates for treating or dismissing bisexuality as a separate research category, I analyze the gendered narratives of a small group of heterosexual, bisexual, and lesbian women. Using chi square analyses of variables of women’s gendered practices, identification, and consciousness, I examine which of two binary sexual classification schemes best provide the “differences that matter” in understanding women’s life-history narratives: “straight/gay” and “bisexual/monosexual.” Acknowledging the potential for reification using either schema, I conclude that the “bi/mono” binary and its concomitant ternary conceptualization of the sexual may be useful tools for social scientific analyses of gender and sexuality.


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